I spent the weekend in DC where I participated in a conference sponsored by the Institute for Justice (IJ), the organization behind the lawsuit seeking to change the law governing bone marrow donations.
The Institute for Justice sounds like a league of super heroes. It’s actually a cadre of incredibly committed people who do heroic things on behalf of ordinary people like me. I am a plaintiff in the suit to update the National Organ Transplant Act NOTA). The law erroneously classifies bone marrow as a solid organ and not as the renewable blood product it really is. This restricts some approaches to recruiting donors.
If we can change the law, More Marrow Donors, of which I am a founding board member, will launch a pilot program to see if financial compensation would increase the number of donors. More donors mean fewer people will die because they can’t find a suitable match.
My hat’s off to these legal eagles for tackling hard cases to protect common citizens from their sometimes over-reaching government. Learn more about IJ and their current cases at www.ij.org.
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